Oh God, sorry about the truly dreadful pun in the title, the cold is getting to my brain! With temperatures in my studio (that's the garage by the way) hovering around the 2ºC mark it's time for a little indoor work with no heavy lifting. Hence I'm rifling through my DVD collection for my next series of subjects. I've invested in some slightly larger (24" x 18") canvases which are spot on in terms of aspect ratio (1.33:1) for the pictures I have in mind. I've also managed to acquire a goodly collection of Ealing movies that weren't already in thepicturepalace library (ebay is your friend). So first up for consideration are the collected works of the very wonderful Alexander Mackendrick http://bit.ly/eFB9HC and in particular the absolutely beautifully photographed (along with brilliantly written and hilarious to boot) 'The Man in the White Suit' http://bit.ly/gwGB4v Next up will be 'Whisky Galore' http://bit.ly/fiVXzO but the screengrabs below will give you some idea of why 'The Man in the White Suit' particularly appeals as a subject. All those lovely inky blacks for starters!
Is the headline for the story on page 20 of today's Plymouth Herald underneath a picture of me looking every inch 'the 49-year-old painter' presenting the portrait of the mayor to Councillor Ted Fry who was opening the event. Full story and picture here http://bit.ly/9y4Vr6
Well today was thepicturepalace live! event and I was there and so were quite a few others. I'll post a fuller blog entry when the Plymouth Herald have run the story and I can link to their coverage which will hopefully feature me presenting my portrait of the Lord Mayor to Plymouth City Council. Yes folks, that's how you get your work accepted into a public collection, you give it to them. I just wonder if it will end up somewhere in the City Museum and Art Gallery next to a Joshua Reynolds? Anyway a sleepless night was worth it as it seemed to go down very well and there is talk of re-presenting it to the Lord Mayor herself in the council chamber (in which case I hope she likes it). The work in question is pictured below in between a view of my display and one of me behind said display resplendent in thepicturepalace exclusive Will Hay T shirt. I know, a T shirt over another shirt, it's a tough look to carry off but I think I got away with it.
Oh God! I quoted the 'A Team' in the title, well no harm done, maybe Shakespeare next time. 'The Ring' is now up on the Gallery page for your delectation. Everything seems to have gone very well in the run up to Thursday, which if you don't remember is the 'First Steps to Self-Employment' (or thepicturepalace Live! as we know it) event at Plymouth Guildhall between 10.00am and 2.00pm. I'll be there with 'Working Links', there'll be a couple of paintings on display and I will be resplendent in my interview suit (Paul Smith don't you know, isn't ebay marvellous?) and the first piece of official thepicturepalace apparel. In other words I've had a T shirt done and it looks something like the picture underneath. Also, for any other artists out there, come along and find out how to get your work into a public collection (though whether they'll ever exhibit it is another thing entirely). Oh and don't forget Christmas cards for sale in a strictly limited quantity, so get there early to avoid disappointment. See you Thursday ...
So, preparations continue for Thursday's event at Plymouth Guildhall, Chrimbo cards are mostly printed and ready to go. They will be available in two sizes A5 and A6 (that's largeish and smallish in old money) @ £1.00 and 50p respectively. Only available from me on the day and a strictly limited number, so bring some change get em while they're hot! In fact, feel free to bring your chequebook as well. I'll have a full catalogue of my work available to browse so if you'd like to order a print in time for Christmas or buy a painting from me in person, maybe even commission one. Doors open 10.00am and I'll be there for whole event until 2.00pm.
I am also hatching a plan, which is currently taking shape in the studio, I doubt it will lead to world domination but I might get my picture in the paper, so watch this space.
And now for a bit of visual stimulation, the painting that I seem to remember saying would be up in time for Halloween is nearing completion so here's a quick phone snap of 'The Ring'.
On Thursday Nov 18th I'll be in Plymouth Guildhall between 10.00am and 2.00pm as part of the 'First Steps to Self-Employment' show. I'll be showing a couple of pictures, handing out business cards and postcards and generally bigging myself up and trying to do the whole 'networking' thing without feeling hopelessly self-conscious and a bit of a wimp.
Don't forget to bring some change though because I will also be featuring this year's (I aim to make it an annual tradition) exclusive picturepalace Christmas card. Produced in a strictly limited edition (of as many as I think I can sell), you won't find it in the shops so stock up while you can! And just to whet your appetite here's a sneak preview ...
It seems that somehow I lost a couple of recent posts, or they were just figments of my imagination and I never really wrote them, in which case my apologies to anyone who followed the links I posted on facebook expecting to find the exciting news I was on about.
So, please consider this a 'testing, testing, 123...' type of post and I'll be right back with some genuine news when I'm convinced it's been posted.
Work in progress and other stuff that happens.